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The Curatorial Program for Research (CPR) successfully completes its first program

The Curatorial Program for Research (CPR) successfully completes its first program
First CPR residents visiting Sorbus Gallery with Eva Neklyaeva (Checkpoint Helsinki).

We are very happy to announce the successful completion of the first CPR: Eastern and Northern Europe research program.


CPR: Eastern and Northern Europe was initiated by CPR in association with the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC) and took place in the cities of Tallinn and Tartu in Estonia and Helsinki in Finland between the 12th and 25th of October 2015.


10 curators from 9 different countries were granted full scholarships in order to conduct research on the local artistic scenes. Participants were guided by local hosts and institutions under the general coordination of CPR. 


The newly founded Curatorial Program for Research (CPR) is an intensive research program for international curators. CPR introduces its participants to new cultural localities, a variety of artistic practices and differing modalities of artistic production. Developed by practicing curators, the Curatorial Program for Research aims to provide directed professional growth for curators.


The Core Program features itineraries across multiple cities within given geographic regions (Eastern and  Northern  Europe,  Western Europe, North and Central America, South America, Africa, and Asia). Each program accepts up to ten curators, who travel to 3 to 4 cities conducting research, facilitated by local host.


The Core Program stresses both, academic rigor and onsite research. Each city features a customised curriculum that includes readings and classes about local history, arts and culture, as well as visits to local artist studios, and art institutions. During the Program, the participants will present and discuss articles, papers and essays related to their daily visits.


Following the Core Program, all participants are asked to submit proposals for a curatorial project in his or her home city. One curator will be awarded funds to produce this exhibition.


The next program will take place in April 2016 in the South American region, for which an open call will be announced on November 15th 2015. 



First CPR residents (from left to right) Above: Dorota Michalska (Poland), Lia Zaaloff (US), Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield (UK), Chang Qu (China), Nerea Ubieto (Spain) / Below: Tainá Azeredo (Brazil), Kevser Guler (Turkey), Nico Anklam (Germany), Emily Butler (UK), Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk (Netherlands).



CPR was established in 2015 with headquarters in Indianapolis and maintains an expanding network of satellite locations in over 15 cities worldwide. Its main aim is to enable a direct, in situ communication between international curators and local artists and promote equal access to knowledge while acting as a platform for promotion and practice for the participating curators and hosts, where CPR is currently present. 


The Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC) is a non-profit foundation focused both on fostering international exposure for artists from Estonia and on developing the contemporary art scene in Estonia.



Tartu Toome Hill, photo credit: Martina Tramberg, courtesy of ECADC.


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